Despite restrictions, liquor is big business in Utah

Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-05 18:48:16-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Today is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition across America.

Ironically, Utah cast the deciding vote to repeal the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a liquor industry trade group. Utah is known for being one of the most alcohol-restrictive states in America.

The group said that Utah is among 12 states that still bans the sale of spirits on Sunday, and one of six that prohibits spirit sampling.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America claims that the alcohol industry supports 3,210 direct jobs in Utah, and brings in a $658 million economic impact to the state. It also generates $131 million in tax revenue for Utah, the group claimed.

Hard liquor and wine is only available through state-run stores.